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Friday, June 22, 2007

Israel's recent achievements
Israel's achievements in the FIRST MONTH of 2007

Despite the second Lebanon war, the divestments, and the boycotts,
Israel's economy enjoyed the largest growth in its GNP of any Western
country at 8% for the last quarter of 2006. Foreign investment hit a
remarkable high of over US$13 billion and the budget deficit was under
1%. Industrial exports, excluding diamonds, rose 11% to $29.3 billion in
2006 with the hi-tech sector leading the surge, according to the
Manufacturers Association of Israel. Israel's hi-tech industry exported
$14.1 billion in goods last year, growing 20% from 2005.
What follows is a selection of Israel's achievements in the first month
of 2007:

1. Scientists in Israel found that the brackish water drilled from
underground desert aquifers hundreds of feet deep could be used to raise
warm-water fish. The geothermal water, less than one-tenth as saline as
sea water, free of pollutants, and a toasty 98 degrees on average,
proves an ideal environment.
2. Israeli-developed designer eyeglasses promise mobile phone and iPod
users a personalized, high-tech video display. Available to US consumers
next year, Lumus-Optical's lightweight and fashionable video eyeglasses
feature a large transparent screen floating in front of the viewer's
face that projects their choice of movie, TV show, or video game.
3. When Stephen Hawkings visited Israel recently, he shared his wisdom
with scientists, students, and even the prime minister. But the world's
most renown victim of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou
Gehrig's disease, also learned something - due to the Israeli
Association for ALS' advanced work in both embryonic and adult stem cell
research, as well as its proven track record with neurodegenerative
diseases, the Israeli research community is well on its way to finding a
treatment for this fatal disease which affects 30,000 Americans.
4. Israeli start-up Veterix has developed an innovative new electronic
capsule that sits in the stomach of a cow, sheep, or goat, sending out
real-time information on the health of the herd to the farmer via email
or cellphone. The e-capsule, which also sends out alerts if animals are
distressed, injured, or lost, is now being tested on a herd of cows in
the hopes that the device will lead to tastier and healthier meat and
milk supplies.
5. The millions of Skype users worldwide will soon have access to the
newly developed KishKish lie-detector. This free Internet service, based
on voice stress analysis (a technique commonly used in criminal
investigations), will be able to measure just how truthful that person
on the other end of the line really is.
6. Beating cardiac tissue has been created in a lab from human embryonic
stem cells by researchers at the Rappaport Medical Faculty and the
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's biomedical engineering
faculty. The work of Dr. Shulamit Levenberg and Prof. Lior Gepstein has
also led to the creation of tiny blood vessels within the tissue, making
possible its implantation in a human heart.
7. Israel's Magal Security Systems is a worldwide leader in computerized
security systems with products used in more than 70 countries around the
world protecting anything from national borders to nuclear facilities,
refineries, and airports. The company's latest product, DreamBox, a
state-of-the-art security system that includes intelligent video, audio
and sensor management, is now being used by a major water authority on
the US East Coast to safeguard the utility's sites.
8. It's common knowledge that dogs have better night vision than humans
and a vastly superior sense of smell and hearing. Israel's Bio-Sense
Technologies recently delved further and electronically analysed 350
different barks. Finding that dogs of all breeds and sizes bark the same
alarm when they sense a threat, the firm has designed the dog
bark-reader, a sensor that can pick up a dog's alarm bark and alert the
human operators. This is just one of a batch of innovative security
systems to emerge from Israel, which Forbes calls "the go-to country for
anti-terrorism technologies."
9. Israeli company BioControl Medical sold its first electrical
stimulator to treat urinary incontinence to a US company for $50
million. Now it is working on CardioFit, which uses electrical nerve
stimulation to treat congestive heart failure. With nearly five million
Americans presently affected by heart failure and more than 400,000 new
cases diagnosed yearly, the CardioFit is already generating a great deal
of excitement as the first device with the potential to halt this deadly
10. One year after Norway's Socialist Left Party launched its boycott of
Israel, the importing of Israeli goods has increased by 15%, the
strongest increase in many years, Statistics Norway reports.

In contrast to the efforts of tiny Israel to make contributions to the
world so as to better mankind, one has to ask what have those who have
strived to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth done other than
to create hate and bloodshed?


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